The Druid Craft Tarot, depicts a Boudicca style of Celtic Queen. She was known as Hel, or Hele to the Norse.
As I mention that the figure on the Throne is that of the Goddess Hel who rules the underworld of deep dark emotions, where her "animal nature" resides. Here she is wielding the authority of Queen Boudicca, who is sitting on her throne, with a wild cat underneath, rather than charging around in her battle chariot. The arm rests of the throne, are carved with dragon heads, and fire blazes behind her. These images, plus the red and gold colors of her clothing, all suggest the element of Fire, which is assigned to this card. Her wild cat, companion, is under the throne, suggesting the underworld, and her complete control over her wild instinctual nature, the wand in her hand shows that she has personal control over her dragon-power.
In Mythology, the underworld is where mundane souls go to be cleansed of memories of past life and cleansed for a ritual rebirth...of course, on Hel's initiative.This is the character of a powerful, sexually attractive mature woman. Great Sexual energy, means great creative potential, so this person is best off, if she pores her passion into the arts and/or career. Devoting her life to bringing something of value into being. However, this is a Mature Sexual Energy, so she isn't as spontaneous as the Princess of Wands.
As with Primordial Fire, this person must practice focus and willful control of her fiery nature, or all Hell will break lose!
In reiteration, Binah is the Third Sephira on the Tree of Life; she is called the Sanctifying Intelligence known as Understanding. The Queens are another aspect of this Sanctifying Intelligence.
Seated and enthroned, the Queens represent the forces of Heh (meaning window or sight) in the Divine Vibration of each suit. By bringing forth a material Force of each suit, the Queens, develop and realize the the will to force of the King. The Queen is a steady, unshaken and enduring force that is not as rapid in motion, as are the Princes.
The Queen of Wands is Queen of the Thrones of Flame. Queen of the Salamanders, or Slamandrines. The astrological attribution is the last Decan of Pisces--the first two Decans of Aries.
Because the Queens are about Materialized Force, there are no Angels represented here, rather the Elementals are the conscious force here. Since Christianity, the thought that a Feminine Force and/or woman, had such control over Will To Form, taking the Will of God and Building it into Images, and/or living forms, was unconscionable as woman was considered the down fall of man. The Goddess Hel, has become the Devil of Hell. Thus keeping the Church's tradition of demonizing the gods/goddesses of those who they branded as pagans.
The Queen of Wands is Water of Fire, which would seem rather silly to mundane understanding; however, if we understood Water to be consciousness and Fire to be Primal Spirit, than this is less counterintuitive.
This fire is Vital Life Force, passionate, extreme and often violent in Nature, as it is the Motion in the movement of all things of Water. This fire is Vital Life Force, passionate, extreme and often violent in Nature, as it is the Motion in the movement of all things of Water.
To show her great control over this Primeval Fire, the Queen of Wands of the Thoth Tarot, sits on a Throne of flames, one hand resting on a leopard and one hand holding the Wand of Fire and or Greek Thrysus. The leopard represents the ferocity of fire under the on-hands control of the Queen; as the leopard is symbolic combination of Dark fire and light fire, the dark fire (energy) showing through the light fire as dark spots. The Wand, also a symbol of Will, indicates that she is also able to direct the Force she has tamed. This wand is also topped with a cone, hinting at the mysteries of Bacchus and the pineal gland which is shown as a cone on the top of the Dionysian wand. Those mysteries merit further study by the interested student.
When the Queen of Wands is thrown during a reading, she represents:
- Persistent energy
- Calm authority that she often uses to add to her attractiveness.
- Kind and generous to those who don't oppose her.
- Hates opposition.
- Powerfully gracious in love and friendship, all of which is on her own terms.
- Her passionate emotion creates a Tendency to be side tracked from goals.
- A deep desire to understand the deeper aspects of herself.
- Hot passion and sharp wit.
The negative characteristics of this Queen, as shown by accompanying cards:
- Vanity and snobbery
- A tendency to brood, thereby, making wrong decisions that promote acting in great violence.
- Her great passion makes her easy to deceive, causing her to react stupidly, tyrannically and obstinately.
- May be quick to take offense, harboring revenge without good cause.